UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO - Undergraduate Prospectus 2024

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                                                                                         Undergraduate Prospectus
                     Tāmaki Makaurau

                                                         UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
                                                                                         Puka Whakamahuki Tohu Paetahi

                                                         UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2024



    0800 80 80 98
    Dunedin | New Zealand
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO - Undergraduate Prospectus 2024
is ranked in the top 1% of
universities in the world.*
and postgraduate
programmes are

of our students
come from
outside Dunedin.

go directly into
work or on to
further study.

residential colleges
offer a campus
community like no
other university in
New Zealand.
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO - Undergraduate Prospectus 2024
*QS World University Rankings
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO - Undergraduate Prospectus 2024
Nau mai, tauti mai.
    Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand’s first
    university and the first choice for more than
    21,000 students.

    Iti rearea teitei kahikatea ka taea. Ko te reo rāhiri, ko te reo
    pōwhiri e karanga ana ki a koutou ngā rearea iti ka whai wāhi kei
    raro i te rūhā o te rākau mātauranga o Aotearoa, a ko te Whare
    Wānanga o Ōtākou.
    Tēnā, karapinepine mai, whakarauika mai.
    Ahakoa tō awhero, ahakoa tō wawata he wāhi hāneanea mōu, he
    ara whakamua mōu hei tutuki tēnā tāu e hiahia ai. Mēnā ka whai
    tohu koe ki te reo Māori, ki ngā āhuatanga Māori, ki te kete aronui,   Tēnā koutou katoa
    ki te ture, ki te pūtaiao, ki te hauora, ki te tauhokohoko rānei,
                                                                           I am pleased to welcome you to Aotearoa New Zealand’s
    ahakoa te kaupapa he wāhi mōu, he tohu māu.
                                                                           first university.
    Ko te ringa āwhina ka toro atu ki a koutou, ko ngā pou taunaki ka      At Otago, you will learn from academic staff who are
    whakaakoria, ka ārahina, ka tautokona koe ki te rere atu ki ngā        dedicated to teaching and internationally recognised for
    karamatamata, ki ngā puhikaioreore o te rākau mātauranga nei.          their research. They frequently collaborate with experts
    Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!                                         in other countries and a large proportion of our research
                                                                           impacts local and global issues.
    It is said that although the bellbird is small it can reach the        Importantly, you will have the opportunity to define
    highest branches of the tallest tree. The voice of welcome from        yourself and choose your own direction in life. Tens of
    the University of Otago calls out to you, to take rest beneath its     thousands of our graduates now live around the globe,
    branches.                                                              contributing to law, health, science, business, education,
    As the first university in New Zealand, the University of Otago can    research and politics. Many of New Zealand’s most
    be likened to the most senior branch of the tree of education.         renowned artists, novelists, poets and leaders also
                                                                           started out at Otago.
    Whatever your dreams or aspirations, they can be realised here.
    Whether you want to pursue the Māori language or other aspects         I hope you enjoy your experience here and make the
    of Māori culture, humanities, law, science, medicine or business,      most of the many extracurricular and co-curricular
                                                                           opportunities on offer. The University of Otago is
    there is a place and a qualification for you here.
                                                                           located in one of the most beautiful places in the world
    At the University of Otago we have the people to teach, guide and      – please take time out to discover the beaches, the hills
    support you to fly to the treetops and beyond.                         and the native flora and fauna that are right on our
    Welcome, welcome, welcome!
                                                                           Beyond gaining a world-class qualification, I am also
                                                                           confident that you will make lifelong friends while you
                                                                           are here. After you leave, the University of Otago and
    Contents                                                               the beautiful city of Dunedin will continue to occupy a
                                                                           special place in your life. I wish you all the very best.
    Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor                        2
                                                                           PROFESSOR DAVID MURDOCH
    About Otago                                             4              Vice-Chancellor
    Support for students                                   12
    Residential colleges                                   20
    Enrolling at Otago                                     42
    An Otago degree                                        52
    Subject guide                                          82
    Future steps                                          122
    Index                                                 123
    Contact us                                            124
    Important dates                                       125

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About Otago
Mō Ōtākou
Want to be part of a lively community on the doorstep of a
thriving city? Then Otago could be for you.
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO - Undergraduate Prospectus 2024
Campus life
      Te Noho ki te Papa Taurima
      Spread amongst a mix of historic buildings, modern facilities and
      beautiful green spaces, our campus has everything you need for
      student life, from cafes and libraries to high-tech learning facilities
      and student support services.
      Around 21,000 students call the campus and its surrounding
      streets home, creating a lively buzz and a real community feel.
      Most first-year students live in one of our 15 residential colleges,
      which provide a safe, supportive and social home away from
      home. If you choose to flat, board, or live at home, you’ll
      automatically become a member of Locals, giving you plenty
      of opportunities to get involved in student life.
      Getting around is easy. The city centre is just a
      10-minute walk from campus and there’s an
      extensive cycle route network and bus service.

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The Mellor Laboratories offer state-of-the-art laboratories, including a   Six libraries around campus provide warm, comfortable study
dietetics lab, a bioengineering lab and a metal-free clean lab.            spaces and access to a huge array of resources.

Otago is home to New Zealand’s only dental school. This ultra-modern       Feeling active? Unipol Recreation offers a gym, weights areas, sports
facility is the most technologically advanced in Australasia.              halls, fitness classes and a social sport programme.

The Bloomberg Lab, in the Otago Business School, provides access to the    The Performing Arts Centre offers a recording studio, performance
same trading platform used by the world’s leading investment companies.    spaces, and practice rooms, all equipped with the latest technology.
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO - Undergraduate Prospectus 2024
Ōtepoti Dunedin
    Located on the southeast coast of the South Island, Dunedin is an urban hub
    surrounded by dramatic natural beauty.

             St Clair Esplanade                              Tunnel Beach                      Otago Harbour
              10 minutes’ drive.                          20 minutes’ drive.                  5 minutes’ drive.
          Great surf spot with cafés             Spectacular rocky coastline with       Enjoy stunning views, nature
               and restaurants.                    cliffs, rock arches and caves.           cruises and kayaking.

                                                                                                                   Dunedin Airport
                                                                                                                   30 minutes’ drive

                                                                     Harbour cycleway

                                   Otago Peninsula
                                 Home to world-famous
8                                   marine wildlife.
Port Chalmers, Aramoana,
      Chinese Garden                                            Orokonui Ecosanctuary

                                   George Street
                                Dunedin’s main street,
                                  with shops, cafés
                                  and restaurants.
        The Octagon                                             Forsyth Barr Stadium
      15 minutes’ walk.                                            5 minutes’ walk.
City centre with cafés, bars,                                    New Zealand’s only
 restaurants and shopping.                                      covered sports arena.

                                         University of Otago


                                                                     Pictures credit: DunedinNZ
The city of … the outdoors
In Dunedin, you don’t have to travel far to immerse yourself in nature.
Mountain bike, walking and running trails crisscross the city’s hills.
Go penguin spotting on the Otago Peninsula, cruise the cycleway
around the harbour, or head to St Clair to surf, hang out on the beach
or swim in the salt water pool.

 Pictures credit: DunedinNZ

The city of … culture                                                     The city of … innovation
Dunedin’s heritage buildings house museums, art galleries, cinemas and    The entrepreneurial spirit has been part of Dunedin’s DNA from the very
bookstores and provide a backdrop for a revolving gallery of modern       beginning. Today, the city is a hub for startups and creative ventures,
street art. Well known for its independent music scene, the city also     backed by a supportive local business community.
hosts big name bands and global acts at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The city of … hospitality                                                       The city of … four seasons in one day
Whether you’re catching up with friends for coffee or heading out for           Dunedin’s changeable weather gets a bad rap, but the city serves
cocktails, you’ll find plenty of fantastic places to eat and drink. The Otago   up plenty of sunny days, even in winter.
Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning, is a popular place to stock
up on locally grown and produced food.

Support for students
Ngā huarahi hei
āwhina i te tauira
We have a range of student support services, dedicated
to helping you get the very best out of your time at Otago.

Student support
     Taunaki ākonga
                                               Campus Watch                                     Student Health Services
                                               The Campus Watch teams are out and about         Embracing inclusivity and manaakitanga,
                                               24/7, ensuring that our campus is a safe and     Student Health Services engages with
                                               friendly place to live and study.                all students and the diverse university
                                                              community to support health and wellbeing,
                                               0800 479 5000                                    enabling students to reach their full potential
                                                                                                and thrive during their Otago experience.
                                                                                                We are centrally located on campus and
                                               Chaplains                                        provide urgent and routine mental health,
                                               The chaplaincy team offer pastoral care,         nursing and GP appointments daily.
                                               spiritual support and a confidential listening
     Local students                            ear to all students.
     The Locals Collegiate Community                                                            Te Whare Tāwharau
     supports first-year students who
                                                                                                Te Whare Tāwharau is a sexual violence
     choose to live at home, flat or board.    Childcare on campus                              support and prevention centre, providing
     Since a quarter of all first-year
     students are Locals, there are heaps of   The Otago University Childcare Association       a place of shelter, free and confidential
     opportunities to meet new people and      operates five childcare centres, including a     support, and education to reduce the impact
     make friends.                             bilingual centre, for children from birth to     of sexual violence within our campus
                                               five years. Twenty hours’ ECE is available       communities.
     All students living locally are           for all three- and four-year-olds and WINZ
     automatically a part of the Locals’                                              
                                               subsidies also provide financial assistance.
     community. Our goal is to provide
     the best Otago experience we can
     through social events, volunteering
     opportunities, academic support and
     pastoral care.
                                               Code of Student Conduct
                                               This set of common-sense rules prohibits
     Our Locals HQ is on the top floor of
                                               behaviour likely to endanger safety.
     the Union Building and includes a
     kitchen and study spaces.       

Career Development Centre                      Disability Information and Support
The Career Development Centre runs             Disability Information and Support
interactive career workshops, co-ordinates     provides learning support, advice,
employer presentations and career fairs, and   advocacy and information to students
has a wide range of useful online careers      with disabilities, impairments, medical
resources. Career advisers are available for   conditions or injuries that may impact on
one-to-one discussions.                        their study.                            The support we provide is varied and may
                                               include: access to specialised equipment,
                                               quiet study rooms, note-taking, tutoring,
Computer services                              reformatting of course materials and
Otago provides a range of IT services to       alternative examination arrangements.
students: 24-hour wireless study spaces        Student advisers are available to discuss
with printers and computers, email, free       each student's requirements and work
Office365 and a student desktop that’s         collaboratively on a support plan.
accessible anywhere. IT questions can be
answered in-person, or online via form or
live chat.                    Mature students
                                               Starting university as an older student, or
                                               after being away from study for a while,
Course advice                                  can be challenging. UniStart is an informal
It can be hard deciding which subject to       drop-in session run in the first few weeks
study, or what qualification will help you     of the semester that will help you network
achieve your goals. Otago’s course advice      with other students. The Locals Collegiate
experts can help you map out your study        Community also runs events for mature
plans with confidence.                         students.

Your schools’ liaison officer will help you
plan your first year of study when they
visit your school. Once you’re on campus,
Student Development student advisers are
there to help. Course advice is available as
                                               Orientation Week
many times as you need throughout your         Run the week before the first semester,
time at Otago.                                 Orientation features events that will help                      you settle into university life. Get familiar
                                               with the campus, enjoy the full schedule
                                               of gigs and events, and ensure that by the
Libraries                                      time classes start, you're ready to get going.
Our nine libraries, located across four
campuses, offer an outstanding range of
information services and resources, access
to Wi-Fi, and warm comfortable facilities
                                               Student Learning Development
suitable for individual study or group         The Higher Education Development
learning.                                      Centre provides one-to-one consultations,                            workshops, peer learning and support
                                               programmes, and online resources to help
                                               you develop your study skills.

Te Huka Mātauraka
     TĒNĀ KOUTOU, NAU MAI, HAERE MAI,              Papatipu Marae to welcome first-year           Māori chaplains are available to ensure your
     TAUTI MAI ki te Te Huka Mātauraka mō te       tauira Māori to Otago and introduce            hikoi here is the absolute best it can be.
                                                   them to our staff, Te Rōpū Māori / Māori
     tau 2024.                                                                                    Te Heika Pounamu
                                                   Students’ Association, and divisional          We host six pre-graduation ceremonies for
     Te Huka Mātauraka offers a home away          Kaiārahi and Kaiāwhina.                        Māori graduands and their whānau.
     from home for students of Māori descent,      Liaison, study advice and mentoring            Māori student groups
     providing academic, cultural, therapeutic,    Our staff can advise you about your            Te Rōpū Māori represents all Māori
     pastoral and social support from pre-         academic pathway, welfare, finances and        students alongside the Otago University
     enrolment through to graduation.              iwi networks. We also offer an invaluable      Students’ Association. There are several
     Our aroha-filled, dedicated team drive        tuakana teina mentoring programme for          subject-specific groups for students across
     towards the moemoeā of being world            first-year tauira.                             the academic divisions.
     leaders in indigenous student support, by     Tutorials and seminars                         Ka karahipi / scholarships
     providing a nurturing environment where       We provide a wide range of supplementary       The University of Otago, Te Tapuae o
     tauira Māori can thrive and succeed.          tutorials, pre-exam boosters, advice and       Rehua, Māori Education Trust, Health
     Tauira that join us significantly increase    awhi. Exam preparation and seminar             Funding Authority, Hauora Māori,
     their educational success and experiences     rooms are available for casual study.          Iwi Trust Boards / Rūnanga and other
     at Otago.                                     Counselling, advocacy and pastoral             agencies make scholarships and grants
     Tūraka Hou / Māori Orientation                support                                        available to Māori students. We can help
     We run several events during Orientation      Experienced Māori counsellors, a clinical      you navigate them all.
     Week, including a pōwhiri at the local        psychology intern, hauora connectors and

                                                  Ella McDonald
                                                  NGĀI TAHU / KAI TĀHU, KĀTI MĀMOE, WAITAHA
                                                  STUDYING FOR A BACHELOR OF ARTS (MĀORI STUDIES MAJOR, HISTORY MINOR)

                                                  “Ranging from course advice to counselling, Te Huka Matauraka is here to
                                                   help. The team incorporates manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga
                                                   for us all, supporting us the way we know how. Even if it’s such a simple
                                                  ‘kia ora, bub’, Te Huka Matauraka is a system of support that advances our
                                                   university experience and guides us through any challenges we may face.”
Pacific Islands Centre
TALOFA LAVA AND WARM PACIFIC                   The Centre is open Monday to Friday,            • The annual Pacific Voices Symposium
                                               8:30am–5pm, and provides:                         for Pacific postgraduate students.
GREETINGS. We are here to help you
                                                                                               • Friendly and experienced staff to
flourish academically, mentally and            • Supplementary tutorials and the
                                                                                                 help with the transition to university
                                                 Taimane academic mentoring
spiritually, and to find your place in the       programme.                                      and advice on matters such as
world.                                         • Supervised study nights, tutorial rooms
                                                                                                 accommodation, scholarships, legal and
                                                                                                 immigration issues, travel, places to
Our role is to provide academic, pastoral        and a warm place to study.
                                                                                                 worship, university and course-related
and cultural support for all Pacific           • Student computers and Wi-Fi.                    information, study skills and support
students enrolled at Otago, and we work        • Kitchen facilities.                             services.
collaboratively with the academic divisions
                                               • Links to the Pacific community in             • Events to help you transition well and
and the Pacific community to make your
                                                 Dunedin and around the country.                 achieve excellence with your studies.
time at Otago as memorable and successful
as possible. So, whether you relate strongly   • Cultural advice to staff and community.       All our services are free and all matters are
with your Pacific culture or want to learn     • Support for Pacific students’ associations.   handled in the strictest confidence.
more about your Pacific heritage, the          • A postgraduate reference group to             Come join your family away from home –
Pacific Islands Centre is the place to be.       support postgraduate students.                we’re looking forward to meeting you.

                                               Aytron Tatui
                                               BACHELOR OF COMMERCE
                                               TRADE OFFICER, GOVERNMENT OF NIUE

                                               “The support from the Pacific Islands Centre throughout my time at Otago
                                                was tremendous. Pacific Island students are lucky to have a special
                                                space within campus to study and socialise. They provide a lot of useful
                                                programmes and activities to help Pacific students succeed in their studies.”
Get involved
                    Student exchange                                Volunteering
                    Spend one or two semesters overseas at          We know how important social purpose is
                    one of Otago’s 100+ partner universities.       to students. The Social Impact Studio offers
                    You can travel the world, experience new        volunteer opportunities and leadership
                    cultures, gain skills to enhance your CV,       programmes that allow students to channel
                    and still earn credits towards your Otago       their creativity, vision and insight into
                    degree. You will receive a travel grant from    projects that create positive change.
                    the University of Otago and several other
                                                                    Opportunities include mentoring young
                    scholarships and awards are available.
                                                                    people, helping in the community,
                              contributing to wellbeing initiatives,
                                                                    empowering young learners through
                                                                    literacy programmes, and taking part in
                    Unipol Recreation                               global citizenship projects.
                    Entry into Unipol Recreation is free            Through our programmes, you will gain
                    with your current student ID card. This         valuable learning experiences as well as a
                    purpose-built facility includes spaces for      chance to apply the skills and knowledge
                    table tennis, basketball, foosball, netball,    you already have. You can also enhance
                    volleyball, futsal, group fitness, and          your employability by complementing your
                    functional, weights and cardio training.        formal learning with experiences outside
                    There’s no need to book – just drop in.         the classroom.
                    You can also arrange sessions with a Unipol
                    fitness leader, take part in our social sport
                    programme or rent a large variety of
                    outdoor equipment.

Otago University Students' Association        Critic magazine
OUSA represents students’ interests within    Critic is OUSA’s independent student
the University and provides a wide range of   magazine, out every Monday during
services, events and support.                 semester. Volunteer and be part of an
                                              award-winning publication.
OUSA Executive
Your elected student executive run
campaigns on student issues and work to       Radio 1
safeguard OUSA and its services for future    OUSA owns Dunedin’s finest independent
generations of students.                      campus radio station. Volunteer and get                                   yourself some valuable radio experience.
                                              Stream online or set your dial to 91FM.
                                              And don’t forget to collect your Radio
OUSA Clubs and Societies                      Onecard to take advantage of amazing
There are over 170 sporting, cultural,        Dunedin student discounts.
political and religious clubs and societies
and they are all 100 per cent student-led.
Joining a club gives you the opportunity to
try something new, make lifelong friends,     University Book Shop
and reap the mental and physical benefits     OUSA owns UBS, where you can get a 10
of being active and engaged.                  per cent discount on all books. Find us on                      campus and at 361 Great King Street.

OUSA Recreation Programme
Activities include arts and crafts, dance,    Events
health and exercise, sports, music and        Keen to go to some of the best events in
singing, languages, food and beverages,       town? Chances are we’re hosting them.
and everything in between.                    Concerts, market days, barbeques, theatre                                   – we’ve got it covered.

OUSA Student Support Centre
OUSA’s Student Support Centre offers
a friendly and confidential advisory
service for students seeking help with
accommodation, financial, wellbeing or
safety issues. It’s also the workplace of
support dog @ellabellaousa.


Residential colleges
Leaving home is a big step, but Otago has plenty of choices to
make the transition easier, safe and fun!
The Student Accommodation Centre co-ordinates membership
of our residential colleges and provides advice on alternative
accommodation options.

College life
     Te noho ki te wharepuni
     OTAGO IS FAMOUS FOR ITS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES, which care mostly                Applying for residential colleges
     for first-year students. College life is an important part of the experience   You can apply online from 1 August each year. When completing
     for many students who are leaving home for the first time – the                your application, take the time to complete each section fully, as
                                                                                    any inaccuracies may cause delays in sending it to your first choice
     community atmosphere, the support, and the opportunity to discover             of college.
     lifelong friendships all help to make the first year away from home not
                                                                                    You will receive an email confirmation from the Student
     just easier, but also memorable.                                               Accommodation Centre on receipt of your application.
                                                                                    To be considered in the first round of offers for a place next year,
     What to expect:                                                                the confidential reference form should be received at the Student
                                                                                    Accommodation Centre before 15 September, and your application
     • Support from professional, experienced college staff who take
                                                                                    completed by 30 September. Membership applications received
       a real interest in the wellbeing of their resident members. They
                                                                                    after this date will still be considered if places become available.
       are further supported by senior students who mentor and guide
       new students through their first year of university. Each college            During October, you will either be offered a place in one of the
       provides regular tutorials and study spaces.                                 colleges, or you will be advised that your application is on a waiting
     • An exciting calendar of cultural and sporting events throughout              list. This list is reviewed continually between October and when
       the year, including inter-college competitions and cultural                  University starts in February.
       activities.                                                                  All residential colleges have a student placement and activities
     • Recreational facilities, ranging from common rooms and games                 fee. This is to be paid within 14 days of acceptance to a residental
       areas, to gyms and outdoor spaces.                                           college. For 2023, this was $894 for most colleges and is not
                                                                                    included in the outlined fees on pages 24–39.
     • Warm, comfortable bedrooms. Each room is heated and
       equipped with a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and bookcase. Your                For more information, contact the staff at the Student
       college will supply clean sheets every week.                                 Accommodation Centre or one of our schools’ liaison officers.

     • All of our colleges are fully catered and provide three nutritional          NB: The college membership application is not your registration
       meals a day. Specific diets may be catered for on request.                   for study, which you must also complete to enrol at the University
                                                                                    of Otago (see pages 44–49 for enrolment information).



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   Minutes’ walk from campus (*free shuttle)             15*          3           6           6            4           3      15*       12          0         0             3            5          3       0            5

   Number of beds                                       224         404         299        243          327          174      261      260        201       224          184           450        152      501        125
   Tutorials                                              •           •          •            •            •          •        •        •           •         •            •             •          •       •           •
   Study rooms                                            •           •          •            •            •          •        •        •           •         •            •             •          •       •           •
   Recreational facilities (e.g. SKY, pool table)         •           •          •            •            •          •        •        •           •         •            •             •          •       •           •
   Gym (*or close to Unipol)                              •           •          •            •            •*         •        •        •           •         •*           •             •*                 •           •
   Music facilities                                       •           •          •            •            •          •        •        •           •         •            •             •          •       •           •
   Sporting, cultural and inter-college activities        •           •          •            •            •          •        •        •           •         •            •             •          •       •           •
   Fully catered (specific diets on request)              •           •          •            •            •          •        •        •           •         •            •             •          •       •           •
   Laundry (included in fees). Weekly linen               •           •          •            •            •          •        •        •           •         •            •             •          •       •           •
   Disabled facilities (*contact college for details)                 •          •            •*           •          •        •        •           •         •                          •                  •           •
   Bicycle storage                                        •           •          •            •            •          •        •        •           •         •            •             •          •       •           •
   Parking (*costs apply)                                 •*                     •*                        •          •*      •*        •*          •*                                   •*         •*      •*          •*
   Single-gender areas                                    •                      •            •            •          •        •        •           •                      •             •          •       •           •
   Undergraduate/postgraduate                              U        U/P           U           U            U           U      U/P      U/P          U         U            U             U          U       U            U

                                               City centre


                                  192 Castle College
                                                                                           University campus                         Toroa

                                       Te Rangihīroa
                                                                            University College                                       Caroline Freeman
                                                                                                          St Margaret’s


                                                                             Logan Park                                                         Botanic Garden

                                  Forsyth Barr Stadium                                                                                                                              Salmond

                                                                  Unipol gym
200m                                                                                                                                                                                                                     23
Aquinas College
                                                                      Te Kāreti o Akuinahi
                                                                      With stunning views over the campus and Dunedin, and set amongst
                                                                      large trees with amazing bird life, Aquinas provides the perfect
                                                                      environment to combine study, community, relaxation and fun.
                                                                      Featuring a spacious, well-maintained environment with bright
                                                                      bedrooms, numerous common spaces and academic support from
                                                                      dedicated staff, Aquinas is a community with a focus on balanced
                                                                      Aquinas will open a new, 66-bed accommodation building in 2024.
                                                                      As well as the individual rooms, there will be a large multi-use
                                                                      whānau area, tutorial spaces, dining room and a gym.


                                                                      Aquinas College | 74 Gladstone Road, Dunedin
                                                                      Tel 03 479 5560 | Email


        15 minutes’ walk        Alcohol-free and     Fully catered.      Exercise room, TV      Tutorials, tutorial       $18,696
         from campus.         single-gender floors                      rooms, dining room,          rooms.             (2023 fees)
     Free hourly shuttle on         available.                            common room.
Arana College
Te Whare o Arana
Open the front door to Arana College and step inside a community
where your success is measured not only in academic achievement but
also by your engagement with your community.
From our humble beginnings – established in 1943 to house returning
soldiers – we have become a modern college that holds true to its
core values of courage, care and compassion. Help “wield the paddles
together” and be part of a new generation of leaders, thinkers and
citizens who will help shape our future.
Arana College is scheduled for upgrades in 2024. The college will
welcome students back in 2025.

Arana College | 110 Clyde Street, Dunedin
Tel 03 479 5508 or 479 5509 | Email


     3 minutes’ walk    Students live in residential   Fully catered.   Main common room       Study rooms, reading     $18,696
      from campus.     blocks or renovated houses.                      with foosball, table   room with computer     (2023 fees)
                        Most floors/houses have a                         tennis and pool         suite, tutorials.
                           lounge/kitchenette.                          table; dining room;                                         25
                                                                            music room.
Caroline Freeman College
                                                                      Te Kāreti o Caroline Freeman
                                                                      Caroline Freeman College mixes modern living with a timeless
                                                                      collegiate atmosphere. We are renowned for our extensive range of
                                                                      social, sporting and cultural events and activities, excellent academic
                                                                      support and a friendly, inclusive and supportive culture.
                                                                      The college is just a short walk to campus and conveniently located
                                                                      near the Dunedin Botanical Garden and the student quarter of
                                                                      North Dunedin.
                                                                      With 299 residents, we are an ideal size to be closely knit but big
                                                                      enough to have a wide variety of people and interests. CFC – the place
                                                                      to be!


                                                                      Caroline Freeman College | 911 Cumberland Street, Dunedin
                                                                      Tel 03 479 5590 | Email


     6 minutes’ walk   CFC West: Apartments with     Fully catered.    Dining room, common          Tutorials, library,         $18,696
      from campus.        4–6 bedrooms, lounge                         spaces, fitness centre,       study rooms.             (2023 fees)
                        and bathrooms. CFC East:                        courtyards, outdoor
26                      Standard, single ensuite &                          sports areas.
                          shared ensuite rooms.
Carrington College
Te Kāreti o Carrington
Lush greenery and colourful gardens provide the perfect backdrop for
your first-year experience at Carrington – all within a short walk from
Our close-knit community of scholars is personified by manaakitaka
(caring for and nurturing others) and atawhai (kindness and
generosity). People are at the heart of everything we do.
Carringtonians are bright and engaged, getting around everything
the collegiate experience has to offer. You will see us laughing and
cheering each other on at inter-college events, singing and making
music together, volunteering in the community, working hard to
achieve our academic goals, and happily playing sport and games

Carrington College | 57 Heriot Row, Dunedin
Tel 03 479 5533 | Email


    6 minutes’ walk         Students live in          Fully catered.      Gym, tennis court, pool     Tutorials, study       $18,696
     from campus.         renovated villas and                            room, dining room, art    centre, study rooms.   (2023 fees)
                        purpose-built dorm-style                            room, music room,
                               buildings.                                    common rooms.                                               27
192 Castle College
                                                                              Te Kāreti o Castle
                                                                              Centrally located between campus and the city centre, 192
                                                                              Castle College is Otago’s smallest college. It offers large modern
                                                                              bedroooms, all with private ensuites, alongside fantastic facilities.
                                                                              192 is an oasis where you can relax in your own space and take
                                                                              advantage of our welcoming and diverse atmosphere.
                                                                              Achieve your goals in our friendly, supportive environment where
                                                                              we’ll help you to achieve balance between work and play.


                                                                              192 Castle College | 192 Castle Street, Dunedin
                                                                              Tel 03 479 4330 | Email


     5 minutes’ walk    Each room has an ensuite       Fully catered.    Pool and snooker tables, table    Tutorials, study centre.    $20,406
      from campus.     bathroom. Female-only and                           tennis, foosball, air hockey,                              (2023 fees)
                       alcohol-free wings available.                      exercise equipment, common
28                                                                      room with Sky TV, outdoor deck,
                                                                           theatre with big screen TV.
Cumberland College
Te Kāreti o Cumberland
Join a vibrant, academically focused community where you’ll learn,
discover and grow as a student and individual. Our motto “fortune
favours the bold” embodies the culture and spirit of Cumberland,
where we hope you’ll challenge yourself to think differently, get
involved and have a go.
Cumberland is your home away from home – with a unique, friendly
character that you’ll feel the moment you walk through the door.

Cumberland College | 250 Castle Street, Dunedin
Tel 03 479 5570 | Email


       4 minutes’ walk      Each corridor has a       Fully catered.     Dining room, common       Tutorials, study room.     $18,696
        from campus.           kitchenette.                            room, TV rooms with Sky                              (2023 fees)
                                                                         TV, multi-sports court.
Hayward College
                                                                             Te Kāreti o Hayward
                                                                             Everyone is welcome at Hayward College. Our facilities are great,
                                                                             but it’s the people who live here and the connections we make, that is
                                                                             our legacy. We are a resident-led community, where all Haywardians
                                                                             are supported to reach their goals. No matter where you come from,
                                                                             or what you study, you will be a lifelong member of our whānau.
                                                                             Hayward celebrates diversity, every resident can develop at their own
                                                                             pace, on their own terms.
                                                                             Our priority is ensuring the transition from home to University
                                                                             is easier with our support, and that your first-year experience
                                                                             is balanced across academic learning and social opportunities.
                                                                             Through our community, social and sporting events, you’ll be an
                                                                             integral part of something special and form lasting friendships.


                                                                             Hayward College | 110 Frederick Street, Dunedin
                                                                             Tel 03 479 5520 | Email


     3 minutes’ walk   Each floor has a kitchenette.   Fully catered.   Dining room; two multipurpose     Tutorials and study     $18,696
      from campus.                                                       spaces with pool table, table          spaces.         (2023 fees)
                                                                        tennis, art spaces; movie room;
30                                                                         exercise room; music and
                                                                                 practice room.
Knox College
Te Kāreti o Knox
Whether it’s dining in the Great Hall, performing in the Concert on
the Stairwell or competing for the Cameron Shield and Nevill Cup,
Knox is a vibrant and busy place to build connections.
The Knox experience is rich and diverse, with an events calendar
offering something for everyone. Strong pastoral and academic
support ensure residents are given every opportunity to succeed and
Carpark spaces are made available to residents at a cost of $380 for
the academic year.
Ko te toa i a tini, i a mano o te takata.
It is the bravery of a multitude, of thousands of people.

Knox College | 3 Arden Street, Dunedin
Tel 03 473 0788 | Email


      15 minutes’ walk       Students live in stand-        Fully catered.     Varied common areas, gym,         Tutorials, Hewitson     $19,684
       from campus.         alone cottages as well as                          music room, TV and games                Library.        (2023 fees)
                                the main tower.                                space, billiards, table tennis,
                                                                             reflective chapel, large hall and                                       31
                                                                                    extensive grounds.
Salmond College
                                                                              Te Kāreti o Salmond
                                                                              Ask any member of Salmond College what makes their college special
                                                                              and they’ll tell you it’s because it’s “home”.
                                                                              Friendly, welcoming and diverse, residents become part of our
                                                                              whānau the moment they step inside. At Salmond, community is
                                                                              celebrated, academic and social needs are met, and residents are
                                                                              encouraged to be themselves.
                                                                              Join the ‘Mond, as its affectionately known, and become a Salmond


                                                                              Salmond College | 19 Knox Street, Dunedin
                                                                              Tel 03 473 0750 | Email


      12 minutes’ walk from         Each floor has a       Fully catered.    Common rooms, big screen TV       Tutorials, study      $18,696
       campus. Free shuttles   kitchenette. Alcohol-free                    room, gym, dining room, gaming     spaces, library.    (2023 fees)
     7:30am to campus; 6pm     and single-gender floors                       room, tennis court, basketball
     and 10pm from campus.             available.                            hoop, Waddell Chapel, Nithvale
                                                                                 lounge, outdoor area.
Selwyn College
Te Maru Pūmanawa
There’s something special about being the oldest. And in a city
known for its many firsts – the first university, medical and dental
schools – we take pride in being the country’s first university college.
We honour our rich heritage and traditions at Selwyn – we embrace
returning members, remain connected with our alumni, our Selwyn
Ballet is the oldest amateur all-male ballet troupe in the world, and we
continue to take on Knox College every year in sporting and cultural
But make no mistake, we offer everything you need as a 21st century
student. Our heritage buildings and grounds, located on campus,
house exceptional learning and social facilities.

Selwyn College | 560 Castle Street, Dunedin
Tel 03 477 3326 | Email


    0 minutes’ walk                                   Fully catered.         Common rooms, dining        Tutorials, Northcroft     $19,857
     from campus.                                                          room, tennis court, music    Library, Study Centre.   (2023 fees)
                                                                            room, All Saints’ Church.
St Margaret’s College
                                                                       Te Kāreti o Makere Tapu
                                                                       With roses growing at the entranceway and large trees surrounding
                                                                       the exquisite red brickwork, you’d be forgiven for mistaking St
                                                                       Margaret’s for a grand stately home, rather than a residential college.
                                                                       But alongside the beauty of the place – located right on campus – are
                                                                       our excellent facilities, which offer everything you need to thrive
                                                                       academically and socially. Our three core values – consideration for
                                                                       others, common sense and courtesy – provide a solid foundation for a
                                                                       thriving community.


                                                                       St Margaret’s College | 333 Leith Street, Dunedin
                                                                       Tel 0800 COLLEGE (265 534)


     0 minutes’ walk   Each floor has a kitchen.   Fully catered.      Dining hall, common     Tutorials, mentoring,            $18,699.80
      from campus.                                                   rooms, games room, TV     tutorial rooms, study    (2023 fees when paid in one
                                                                    room, outdoor courtyard.      centre, library.     instalment, $19,684 if paid in
34                                                                                                                       more than one instalment).
Studholme College
Te Kāreti o Studholme
For more than 100 years we’ve created a home for our resident
members – a place where you’ll feel supported as you transition into
adulthood and tertiary learning.
We understand what it takes for you to succeed. Our motto “Scientia
Et Amor Illuminant Domum” (knowledge and love enlightens the
home) is at the heart of our philosophy. With the right people around
you – friendly staff and fellow members – you’ll be able to achieve
your goals.

Studholme College | 127 Clyde Street, Dunedin
Tel 03 479 5504 | Email


       3 minutes’ walk        Students live in the      Fully catered.   Common room with pool table,         Tutorials, study     $18,696
        from campus.         main accommodation                           table tennis, foosball and big   room, seminar room,   (2023 fees)
                            complex and 6 houses.                         screen TV; dining room; music      computer room.
                                                                               room; exercise room.                                            35
Te Rangihīroa
                                                                    Te Whare Whakamaru o Te Rangihīroa

                                                                    Step inside Otago’s newest residential college, Te Rangihīroa, named
                                                                    after the University of Otago’s first Māori medical graduate, Te
                                                                    Rangihīroa / Sir Peter Buck.
                                                                    The values and mana of this extraordinary individual are woven
                                                                    throughout the building, from the design and layout of the living
                                                                    spaces to the artwork and indigenous plantings that surround the
                                                                    building. Each wing is named after the college’s values: Manawa nui,
                                                                    Manawa toka, Manawa ora, Manawa tine.
                                                                    Designed to high standards of energy efficiency and sustainability,
                                                                    Te Rangihīroa is a five-star Green Star building and provides an
                                                                    inspiring environment where tauira can reach their full potential.


                                                                    Te Rangihīroa College | 15 Forth Street, Dunedin


     5 minutes’ walk   150 ensuite bedrooms.     Fully catered.   Social lounge with pool tables,     Tutorials, study        $18,696
      from campus.       Accessible facilities                     table tennis, foosball and Sky    rooms, dedicated      standard room
                             available.                           TV; half basketball court; music     study spaces.      $20,406 ensuite
                                                                         and media rooms.                                room (2023 fees).
Toroa College
Te Whare o Toroa
You’ve made it home – the place where you can kick off your shoes,
rest and revive before you take flight, like the mighty toroa.
We are best described as a place of belonging – a close-knit
community where we hope you’ll feel like part of the whānau straight
away. Grow and thrive in your new nesting ground, and work towards
achieving all your goals.

Toroa College | 8 Regent Road, Dunedin
Tel 03 479 5500 | Email


       3 minutes’ walk   Suite-style accommodation      Fully catered.    Common room with big          Tutorials, tutorial     $18,696
        from campus.     with shared living, bathroom                    screen TV, pianos and pool   room, computer suite.   (2023 fees)
                             and kitchen facilities.                      table; dining room; roof
                                                                          terrace with giant chess                                          37
                                                                             and Connect Four.
University College
                                                                                  Te Kāreti o te Whare Wānaka
                                                                                  Multicultural and multi-ethnic, University College is your big, bold
                                                                                  and vibrant home. We are the complete package – combining a
                                                                                  perfect location (situated right on campus), great facilities, a supportive
                                                                                  academic environment and a high-energy vibe.
                                                                                  At UniCol you’ll thrive, enjoying a wide range of activities – from
                                                                                  themed dinners to 48-hour-film clubs, sports competitions to cultural
                                                                                  challenges, or hanging with friends in our fantastic common spaces.
                                                                                  Join the pride!


                                                                                  University College | 315 Leith Street, Dunedin
                                                                                  Tel 03 479 5580 | Email


     0 minutes’ walk     Five accommodation blocks.       Fully catered.      Main common room with big         Tutorials, seminar        $18,696
      from campus.        Most floors have their own                         screen projector, music and art    rooms, University       (2023 fees)
                         common room. Alcohol-free                           room, pool, foosball and table      College Library.
38                     and single-gender floors usually                    tennis tables, gaming area; dining
                                   available.                                room; smaller common rooms.
Accommodation options
     Whiringa wāhi noho
     THERE ARE MANY ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS within walking              Flatting
     distance of campus, including flats, private boarding and        Dunedin has a wide range of rental accommodation – from studio
     homestay options. The Dunedin community welcomes students,       rooms and character houses to multi-unit purpose-built complexes.
                                                                      Flats are a popular accommodation choice in second year,
     and many families enjoy sharing their homes with students from   although some first-year students also choose to go flatting.
     other parts of New Zealand and around the world.
                                                                      The Student Accommodation Centre website provides up-to-
                                                                      date flat listings. They offer a flatmate advertising service and
                                                                      can provide sample budgets for flatting, flat agreements between
                                                                      flatmates, and helpful hints for flatting life. OUSA Student Support
                                                                      can also help with flatting queries and concerns.

                                                                      Accommodation for people with disabilities
                                                                      The University of Otago is committed to assisting students with
                                                                      disabilities. Our residential colleges offer a range of facilities for
                                                                      students with disabilities, with some colleges particularly suitable
                                                                      for people who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility. When
                                                                      making an application for accommodation, please advise us of your
                                                                      individual needs.
                                                                      Several University-owned flats have been modified to meet the
                                                                      needs of students with physical disabilities and some secure
                                                                      properties are available for students who use guide dogs.
                                                                      The Student Accommodation Centre can help with further
                                                                      details but it is important to register an interest during August and
                                                                      September if you require accommodation for the following year.

Homestay allows students to concentrate on their studies while
also offering an opportunity to join a family lifestyle. Students are
provided with breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday, and three
meals a day at the weekend.
The student’s bedroom is private and furnished with a study desk,
heater and bedroom furniture. Students are given a key to the
host’s home so they can be as independent as they wish.
You can arrange homestay accommodation by contacting the
Pathway and English Language Centre.

International students
International students already studying in New Zealand schools
can apply for colleges using the same application process as New
Zealand students.
International students who want to study in New Zealand, and
have applied for an academic offer to study at the University of
Otago, will receive information about accommodation options.
International students may apply online for University-managed
The University of Otago welcomes all international students to
Dunedin. International students accepted for a college can look
forward to being active in the social, cultural and recreational
programmes provided.

Postgraduate students are welcome at Arana College, Knox
College and Salmond College.
Many senior students, especially those with partners or families,
prefer to rent houses or flats near shops or schools. Although there    Local students
is some accommodation suitable for couples or families close to the
                                                                        First-year students who choose to flat, board or live at home are
campus, affordable accommodation is available in the suburbs,
                                                                        automatically part of the Locals’ community. Locals provides
often only a short drive or bus trip from the main campus. The
                                                                        social events, volunteering opportunities, academic support
Student Accommodation Centre website provides lists of suitable
                                                                        and pastoral care.
houses and flats.

Temporary accommodation
We recommend that you book temporary accommodation before you
arrive in Dunedin. A list of temporary accommodation providers can
be found on our website.


Enrolling at Otago
Ka tono ki Ōtākou
Find out about our admission requirements and application process.

How to apply
     Te ara tono
     Prepare to enrol
     To enrol at the University of Otago, you’ll need to be at least 16 years old by the start of classes, meet English language requirements,
     and hold one of the following university entrance (UE) qualifications.

     Studied in New Zealand?                          NCEA Level 3
                                                      Cambridge International examinations
                                                      International Baccalaureate (IB)
                                                      Other New Zealand secondary school qualifications (e.g., New Zealand Certificate of
                                                      Steiner Education (Level 3) or Christian Education New Zealand (CENZ) Level 3 Certificate)
                                                      Bursary or Scholarship Examination or Unit Standards

     Studied in Australia or overseas?                Australian Secondary School Ranking
                                                      General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level
                                                      International Baccalaureate (IB) taken overseas
                                                      Other overseas secondary school qualifications

     Previous tertiary study?                         Admission ad eundem statum with tertiary-level passes
                                                      Admission ad eundem statum at graduate level

     Other                                            Admission from Foundation Studies
                                                      Discretionary Entrance (not available for international students)
                                                      Special Admission (not available for international students)

     Some programmes may have higher standards or additional entrance requirements which must also be met for an offer of enrolment to be made.

Otago offers a wide range of study options. See sections 5 and 6 for full details.

• General bachelors’ degrees are subject to the Entry Pathway system (see page 46).
• Specialised bachelors’ degrees (Bachelor of Oral Health, Bachelor of Dental Technology, Bachelor of Radiation Therapy, Diploma
  for Graduates, and any of our Teaching degrees) have their own specific entry requirements, restricted choice of papers and admission

Take note of the due date that applies to the programme you’re interested in – some programmes will not accept late applications.

1 May        Bachelor of Teaching applications open
7–8 May      Tertiary Open Days on Dunedin campus
             (main event day: Monday 8 May)
1 July       Applications open for most entrance scholarships for 2024
1 August     Residential college applications open online
             Bachelor of Radiation Therapy, Bachelor of Oral Health, and Bachelor of Dental Technology applications open
15 August    Closing date for many Otago Entrance Scholarship applications
31 August    Bachelor of Teaching applications due
1 September  Performance Music audition applications due
15 September Bachelor of Radiation Therapy, Bachelor of Oral Health, and Bachelor of Dental Technology applications due
30 September Applications for a place in a residential college should be submitted
31 October   International student applications due
10 December Applications due from all students taking Summer School, first semester or full-year papers or courses in 2024

An example of an entry                      An entry score will be calculated by awarding points as follows:
     score for an NCEA Level                     Excellence 4 points; Merit 3 points; Achieved 2 points

     3 student                                   Approved Subject
                                                 (best 24 credits per subject)

                                                 English                                      3                            4                          9
                                                 Accounting                                   3                             -                         12
                                                 French                                        -                           3                          18
                                                 Economics                                     -                            -                         16
                                                 Statistics                                   2                            3                          10

                                                 Subtotals                                    8                            10                         65

                                                 Best 80 credits                              8                            10                         62

                                                 Calculate points                       32 pts (8x4)                  30 pts (10x3)             124 pts (62x2)

                                                 Entry score 186
                                                 Note: Excellence and Merit credits are counted first, then Achieved credits as required to a maximum of
                                                 80 credits in up to five approved subjects.
                                                 In this example, only 62 of the achieved credits may be counted.

     Preferential Entry                          An entry score will be calculated by awarding points as follows:
     requirement from                            Level        A*            A                  B                 C                    D                E

     Cambridge International                     A    140 points 120 points              100 points         80 points            60 points        40 points

     The entry score requirement for             AS        n/a         60 points         50 points          40 points            30 points        20 points
     Preferential Entry for the applicable
     undergraduate programmes from
     Cambridge International is 140 points.      An example of an entry score for a CIE student:
     Scores that do not meet this requirement    Subject                  Level        Subject units          Grade             Tariff points    Entry score
     will be considered for Competitive Entry.
                                                 English language           A                  2                 D                  60               60
     How to calculate a Cambridge                Physics                   AS                  1                 C                  40               40
     International entry score
                                                 Biology                   AS                  1                 C                  40               40
     Your entry score will be calculated
     on the basis of your NZ Cambridge           Chemistry                 AS                  1                  E                  20              20
     International Tariff score.                 Mathematics               AS                  1                  E                  20              20
     You can count no more than six subject      French                    AS                  1                 E                   20               nil
     units over the last two years of study,
     in subjects at AS, A2 or A level from       Entry score: 180
     subjects equivalent to the NCEA             In this example, French is not included as only 6 subject units may be used to calculate the entry score.
     University Entrance approved subjects.
     An A level counts as two subject units
     and an AS level counts as one subject
     unit. Students can include only their six
     best subject units when calculating their
     entry score.

The University uses an online system called eVision to handle application and enrolment.

eVision will guide you through the application process. Once submitted, your application will be processed by University staff and the
department/division responsible for your programme. The University will inform you of the outcome and – if appropriate – make you an
offer via eVision.

Course enrolment

eVision guides you through the process of selecting papers. You will be informed through eVision whether your paper selection has been
approved or if any changes are required.

To finalise your enrolment you must complete the online declaration via eVision.

Pay your fees
You will find all the information you need to organise payment in the Finance section of your eVision portal.

Transferring from other universities             The Language Centre welcomes students
                                                      from over 20 countries and features small
     If you are or have been enrolled at another      classes of no more than 18 students.
     university and wish to transfer to Otago,        Individual attention is given to improve
     you enrol in the same way as a first-year        specific skills, and students can partake
     student. You must also provide a copy of         in a wide range of recreation and social
     your official academic transcript (academic      opportunities on offer at the University
     record), including any results for 2023.         of Otago to help them make friends and
     You may apply to have work completed at          practise their English.
     another university credited to your degree
     programme at Otago. You will be able to          Students have access to University resources
     apply for credit via your eVision portal once    including libraries, 24-hour computer
     you have been offered a place at Otago.          suites, student health, Unipol, and clubs and
                                                      societies. The English Language Centre
     Australian students                              provides access to a multimedia language
                                                      laboratory, an independent learning centre
     Australian students living and studying          and a computer suite for internet and email
     in New Zealand are classified as domestic        access.
     students rather than international students.
     They therefore pay the same fees as New          Student Advisers provide assistance
     Zealanders but are not necessarily entitled      with any issues, and a homestay office
     to government student loans, allowances          helps students find quality homestay
     or healthcare. Australian applications are       accommodation.
     assessed for admission on the basis of their
     Australian qualifications and, where relevant,
     are subject to the Entry Pathway system.         University of Otago Pathway
     For information on entrance requirements:        Te Huarahi
     Freephone 1 800 468 246 (Australia)              University of Otago Pathway prepares
                                                      prospective domestic and international
     University of Otago English Language             students for all undergraduate degrees at
     Centre                                           Otago. Academic streams are designed
                                                      to help students prepare for and gain the
     The University of Otago English Language
                                                      academic skills and knowledge they will need
     Centre offers comprehensive English
                                                      for successful undergraduate study.
     language tuition for international students
     and a wide selection of courses. It is a         Four streams are available: Arts/Humanities,
     registered test centre for the International     Commerce, Health Sciences, and Sciences. A
     English Language Testing System (IELTS)          six-week Bridging Programme, immediately
     and Occupational English Test (OET).             prior to these intakes, is available for selected
                                                      students to increase their chances of success
     Courses include General English, preparation
                                                      in the Pathway programme.
     for IELTS examinations, English for
     Academic Purposes, non-IELTS progression         Students are taught in lecture theatres and
     to University of Otago Pathway, and the          laboratories right on campus ensuring
     premium programme, English for Otago,            they feel confident and familiar with the
     which meets English language requirements        University environment. Students will
     for undergraduate and postgraduate study at      learn how to work and study independently
     the University of Otago.                         and in small groups, and will develop
                                                      communication, time-management
     Many English language programmes are
                                                      and problem-solving skills. One-on-one
     now available online including the New
                                                      consultation times are offered with assistance
     Zealand Culture and Customs programme.
                                                      from teachers regarding learning new
     This online-only programme is designed
                                                      information and study skills.
     specifically for off-shore international
     students, and combines the General English
     programme with the opportunity to learn
     about New Zealand culture and customs.

Students who are awarded the Foundation             International students
Studies Certificate are guaranteed entry to
their chosen University of Otago first-year         We warmly welcome all international student
course (excepting specialised qualifications).      applications. You can apply for most degree
                                                    programmes, although some have limitations
For mature students, it is an opportunity to        on enrolment.
explore options for further study, particularly
if students require an introduction to the skills   International students are supported by
needed for academic study at university level.      a dedicated team of on-campus student
There are three intakes per year: February,         advisers, ensuring that students get the very
June and October.                                   best out of their time here. Student advisers
                                                    can provide advice about insurance, study,
Pathway also offers a Level 5 Diploma               social and personal matters, as well as visa
in Arts or Commerce, for students who               application processing and other related
require additional learning support, may            enquiries.
be returning to study, or narrowly missed
achieving University Entrance.                      International students should make an online
                                                    application prior to 31 October 2023 (late
• Taught at Level 5, and includes papers            applications not requiring evaluation for
from Pathway alongside University of Otago          credit will be considered until 1 December).
departmental subject papers.                        Application links can be found on the
• Follows the University academic year.             programme information pages on the
                                                    University’s website. The University of
• Intake in February only.
                                                    Otago, under New Zealand Government law,
• Successful completion leads into the second       is required to ensure that all international
year of a bachelor’s degree.                        students hold a visa valid for study and a
• Incorporates mātauranga Māori and                 compliant insurance policy while they are
Pacific perspectives across all papers.             studying in New Zealand.
• Supports students to transition into    
university study in a more structured way.
• Creates a distinct learning community             Note: If you are a New Zealand citizen, or resident
where students can work with their peers            visa holder of New Zealand (living and studying
across the year, and move together into             in New Zealand), or an Australian citizen or
second-year studies.                                permanent resident of Australia (living and
                                                    studying in New Zealand), you are classified as a
Academic advice on future study pathways            domestic student.
and career planning is also offered in
addition to full student-support services, and
a comprehensive introduction to studying
and living in Dunedin, including a homestay
placement service.
A student ID card gives access to University
of Otago resources including libraries,
24-hour computer suites, student health,
Unipol, clubs and societies, and discounts
on shopping, entertainment and travel.
Professional student advisers provide
assistance with any issues and are readily
available to answer student questions.

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